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The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook: Feed your head first and good health will follow

Posted on: December 12th, 2012 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

During the past few years I have learned a great deal about food; from the basic appreciation of where our food comes from and those that toil to help create great ingredients to the passion and love that go into menu creations along with the thought that goes into pairing different beverages with those creations.

Certainly, if you are reading this, you have an interest in food, whether it’s the eating or the preparing that resonates with you, we all love a good meal. Over the last few weeks I have begun to delve deeper into the science of food. I have been participating in a detox cleanse and have learned so much about different foods and their health properties. When I received an invitation to Elements at Sanctuary for the book signing of The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook, a collaboration between Dr. Marwan Sabbagh and local Celebrity Chef Beau MacMillan, it seemed like a no brainer.

Scroll down for recipes from the Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook!

Dr. Sabbagh serves on the board of directors for the Desert Southwest chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. As a practicing medical doctor and the director of research at one of the world’s most prominent Alzheimer’s disease research institutions, Dr. Marwan Sabbagh has spent decades studying Alzheimer’s disease. He knows how overwhelming the competing facts can be. He also knows that preventing Alzheimer’s is far preferable to treating it. That’s why he teamed up with Chef Beau MacMillan to create The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook: Recipes to Boost Brain Health—the first Alzheimer’s prevention cookbook by a major publisher and the best line of defense to date against this devastating disease.

Dr. Sabbagh had previously written The Alzheimer’s Answer, a comprehensive guide consisting of cutting-edge advice on preventing and slowing the progress of Alzheimer’s (with an impressive foreword written by Honorable Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.) While containing so much information on research, delving into determining personal risks as well as prevention strategies this book only contained one chapter on diet. Dr. Sabbagh saw an opportunity to provide a greater understanding of the specific health properties of specific foods and how they can help to prevent Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Sabbagh shared with me that the biggest fear that his patients have is developing Alzheimer’s and the first sign of this is forgetfulness. He also told me that it is estimated that 1 in 8 Baby Boomers will become afflicted by this disease. His goal was to create an antidote of sorts – or a game plan – to start early to fight the disease. When he came up with the idea and presented the idea to Chef Beau, he ran with it. Sabbagh said MacMIllan was like Mozart and he was tremendously happy with what they have created together. Dr. Sabbagh said that this book is filled with “incredibly important information that needs to be shared. If more people looked into the benefits of food and the healing properties, it would be an amazing change to our culture and community.”

The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook should serve as a “pharmacy on a fork.”  This full-color cookbook and health guide delivers a dietary plan that empowers readers to think—and cook—in a way that can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and memory loss. Featuring an overview of brain science and the latest evidence-based research, the book shares more than 100 brain-boosting recipes rich in the B-complex vitamins, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and omega-3s. Much of the dietary plan depends on everyday fruits, vegetables, spices, and proteins, such as pomegranates, leafy greens, cinnamon and turmeric, and fish and chicken.

During the book signing event, I had the opportunity to try some of the cookbook’s offerings. From a lamb chop with tomato jam to a carrot and quinoa potsticker to the absolute star of the evening (in my opinion) the Curried Parsnip Soup (found on p. 132), each dish was satisfying and decidedly clean. Knowing that these dishes were good for your health only made them more enjoyable.

Carrot Quinoa Potsticker with Cilantro Mint Sauce

Carrot Quinoa Potsticker with Cilantro Mint Sauce

Check out a few of the recipes from the book yourself (courtesy of The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook):

You can purchase The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook online here as well as at Changing Hands Bookstore. Pick up a copy today for yourself and a few extra for family members. Share the gift of good health and many more years together!

*Entry to this event was provided to us complimentary as a part of a media invitation. However, this has no effect on our opinions and comments regarding our experience. View our Disclosure Policy for further explanation.

About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance writer, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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